City Dumps Seal Problem In State's Lap

The San Diego City Council is seeking a state law to block the court-ordered removal of harbor seals from a La Jolla beach.

The council voted Tuesday to ask Sen. Christine Kehoe of San Diego to propose a bill that would amend a 1931 trust that designated the Children's Pool for recreational use. The council wants the pool also designated for marine mammal habitat.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the bill would end costly lawsuits over the harbor seals. For years, animal rights activists and residents have argued over whether the city is required to preserve the beach for children.

Animal-rights activists have repeatedly challenged a court order to restore the beach and remove a rope that protects the seals.

Kehoe has said she would propose a bill if the council requested it.

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